KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has forked out RM1.85mil up till Nov 30 to pay for the 20% rebate given to highway users who pay tolls more than 80 times a month.
Deputy Works Minister Datuk Yong Khoon Seng said a total of 39,811 highway users were given the discounts when they used Touch ‘N’ Go and Smart Tag cards to pay their toll fees since the rebate was introduced on Sept 1.
“There are also other discounts offered to the public by toll concessionaires. Such rebates and discounts are part of their corporate social responsibility,” he said in his written reply to Teo Nie Ching (DAP-Serdang).
Teo had asked who was the party responsible for footing the bill for the discounts enjoyed by frequent highway users.
Yong said there was no confusion over who bore the costs for providing the discounts because both the Government and toll concessionaires paid different types of incentives.
“For example, PLUS Expressways Berhad introduced two rebate programmes to Touch ‘N’ Go and Smart Tag users on their highways -- the PLUSMiles loyalty programme and the PLUS journey incentive which offer discounts of up to20%,” he added.
He said no conflicting issues arose on who should bear the costs of the toll discounts and that the answer he had given in Parliament on the rebates on Nov 30 were in reference to the 20% discount offered by the toll concessionaires.
On Dec 3, Teo had said that while Yong said the discount was paid for by toll concessionaires, a written reply from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to Tony Pua (DAP-Petaling Utara) on Dec 2 said the cost of the discount was borne by the Government to alleviate the financial burden of motorists.
In a media statement on Wednesday, Teo said the 20% discount borne by the Government does not “exist” because taxpayers were the ones paying for it.
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